Elevate Conference

Elevate Conference

Cultivating Youth Apprenticeships in Nebraska - Forging Ahead in the "New Normal"

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2024
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Younes Conference Center North
707 Talmadge St.
Kearney, NE


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ELEVATE Registered ApprenticeshipDive into the world of Youth Apprenticeships alongside Nebraska's educators, employers and community leaders! Discover the potential of our state's workforce, where the fusion of education and industry promises enriching opportunities for our youth while fortifying a talented workforce for businesses. Engage with experts, exchange insights with peers and leave equipped with actionable steps to establish or enhance your own Youth Apprenticeship Program. Join us for tailored afternoon sessions, whether you're already running a program or eager to kick-start a new Youth Apprenticeship journey.

Early Bird Registration

Monday, Nov. 18, 6-7:30 p.m.

7-8:30 a.m.

Registration | Morning Refreshments | Informal Networking | Resource Tables

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome – ELEVATE Directors

8:45-9:15 a.m.

Presenter – To Be Announced

9:15-9:45 a.m.

Where are we now? - A snapshot of Nebraska’s Current & Upcoming Workforce

Mike Johnson – COO & Executive Vice-President, NE Chamber of Commerce

9:45-10:30 a.m.

Where are we going? - Blurring the lines between school and work with Youth Apprenticeships

Dr. Jim Sutfin – NE Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska K-12 Education Consultant

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Break | Resource Tables Open

10:45-11:30 a.m.

Success in the Midwest – Panelists representing successful Youth Apprenticeship programs in Nebraska will present their experiences, achievements, and insights gained throughout their journey.

11:30-11:40 a.m.

Afternoon Preview – Information, Ideas and Implementation!

ELEVATE Directors

11:40 a.m.

Lunch is Served | Resource Tables Open

12:10-12:40 p.m.

Lunch Speaker: Mentoring Youth in the Workplace

Demoine Adams, CEO, TeamMates Mentoring

12:50-1 p.m.

Transition to Breakout Rooms | Afternoon Refreshments

1-2:15 p.m.

Breakout 1: Advanced Business & Education – For schools and employers with an existing apprenticeship program.

A panel comprising three to four facilitators will lead an engaging open forum focused on discussing the triumphs and obstacles associated with overseeing an apprenticeship program. Participants will have the opportunity to share their challenges and seek guidance, as well as highlight their successful strategies that can be emulated by others.

Breakout 2: Beginning Business/Industry – Employers interested in beginning an apprenticeship program.

Explore the elements integral to apprenticeship programs and gain insights into establishing a registered apprenticeship initiative, including considerations for youth labor laws. Led by representatives from the NE Department of Labor and the ELEVATE team, this session will cover key developmental aspects outlined in the summit workbook:

  • Establishing your apprenticeship team within your organization
  • Developing a mentorship plan
  • Best practices for recruitment and hiring

Breakout 3: Beginning Educators – For schools interested in beginning an apprenticeship program.

Explore strategies for launching a high school apprenticeship program by fostering partnerships with local businesses and your community college. Learn about integrating these programs with Perkins funding, dual credit opportunities, and work-based learning initiatives under the Department of Education's purview. This session will be facilitated by CPI, ELEVATE staff and representatives from the NE Department of Education.

2:15-2:45 p.m.

Next Steps: Implement / Enhance your Youth Apprenticeship Program

Gather into regional groups to discuss partnership opportunities and future actions. Businesses, high schools, community organizations and colleges will share their ideas from the prior session and explore areas for collaboration. Participants will depart with actionable steps toward implementing/growing Youth Apprenticeship programs in their region.

2:45-3 p.m.

ELEVATE Directors & Coordinators will be available for individual questions and conversations.

Thank you for coming. See you in 2025!

Platinum Sponsor


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  • 8 free registrations

Gold Sponsor


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  • 6 free registrations

Silver Sponsor


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  • 4 free registrations


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Younes CenterA block of rooms is reserved at the Younes Center North in Kearney for the conference. Attendees are responsible for reservations and payment.

  • To reserve a room under this block of rooms, call the hotel front desk at: 308-238-7000
  • The group name for this block of rooms is: ELEVATE Apprenticeship Summit
  • The group rate is $169.00 per night.

A credit card is required to guarantee individual reservations.

  • Check in time is 4 p.m. and check-out time is noon. (Rooms are made available for check-in as they become available, but cannot be guaranteed prior to 4 p.m.)
  • Younes Conference Center North is located at 707 W. Talmadge St., Kearney, NE 68845.
  • Parking and Driving Directions (scroll down for driving directions)

Are there refunds?

No, but the tickets are transferrable. Contact Connie or Lynette.

Will meals be included?

Yes, breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. If you need special dietary restrictions, contact Connie or Lynette.

Registration Deadlines

  • Participants need to register by November 12.
  • Sponsors need to register by October 1.


Contact Connie or Lynette.

Hosted by ELEVATE Apprenticeship Consortium: Central Community College, Northeast Community College and Southeast Community College

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